Lead: Reconstruction Governor James Lusk Alcorn of Mississippi was considered a Scalawag.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: To the majority of whites in post-Civil War Mississippi, people like Alcorn were social pariahs. Unlike the carpetbaggers, Northerners who came to take advantage of a beaten and struggling South, he and other native citizens who cooperated with the Federal occupation forces were held in special contempt. Actually, he had a long career of faithful service to his state and, absent the deep emotions growing out of the South's defeat and humiliation, would have continued to have enjoyed support and political power.

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